biota's Crew 2014

About

Based in Minneapolis, MN, biota is an award-winning landscape design and build firm that works on residential and commercial projects. Our mission is to create innovative designs that invite interaction and inspire the imagination using the highest-quality plants, materials and construction techniques. We strive to share our knowledge and foster an ongoing stewardship to create lasting enjoyment.
Steve Modrow

Steve Modrow: Owner, ASLA

Steve oversees design services at biota. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is the past President of the Minnesota chapter. He is also the chair of the Design Network Committee of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. Steve received his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota after completion of his bachelor’s degree in environmental design.

Jim Saybolt

Jim Saybolt: Owner, Affiliate ASLA, CLP

Jim oversees biota’s operations. He is a MN Licensed General Contractor, MNLA Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) and an affiliate of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He studied at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, the University of Minnesota and attended Harvard Graduate School of Design for their Career Discovery program in landscape architecture. Jim currently serves on the MNLA networking committee and is a MNLA Foundation Trustee.


Elizabeth Wynne

Elizabeth Wynne: Designer, CLP

Elizabeth is a designer here at biota. She holds an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Landscape Design and Construction. She is a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) with the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association

Eric Alward

Eric Alward: Designer, Associate ASLA

Eric is a designer here at biota. He is an Associate of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He completed his bachelor’s degree in fine art and received his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota.


Nick Wagner

Nick Wagner: CLP, Manager of Maintenance + Gardening Services

Nick manages our Maintenance and Garden Services. He holds an associate of science degree in environmental landscape management and a bachelor of arts in philosophy. He is a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, and achieved a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute.

Landscape Operations Manager

Tim Dyer: Landscape Operations Manager

Tim has been in the Green Industry for over 25 years. He studied Construction Management and Business Law at the University of Minnesota. Tim has held a variety of positions in the industry in several states, from laborer to Regional Director, giving him a broad knowledge in all aspects of the industry.


Tom Kobayashi

Tom Kobayashi: Installation Foreman

Tom has been in the landscape industry for over twenty years, bringing his vast knowledge, dedication, and experience to the biota team.

Joe Hafner

Joe Hafner: Installation Foreman

Joe started landscaping during summers when he was home from college. Joe has been in the industry for over ten years.


Jonathan Soderstrom

Jonathan Soderstrom: Installation Foreman

Jonathan has been landscaping since he was 16 years old. He is excited about every new project he starts and enjoys looking back on the end results.